Parent consent means that you understand and “agree in writing” that the school may carry out the activity for which they need your consent. Granting consent is voluntary.
The school must obtain your consent before your child is
- placed in special education
Parents are equal partners with the school in the decision making process.
"... the IEP team must consider the parents’ concerns and the information that they provide regarding their child in developing, reviewing, and revising IEPs." (App A)
Courts have said failing to include the parent at the IEP meeting violated the procedural requirement of IDEA and invalidated the IEP. (Doug C. v Hawaii)
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the importance of your parental role in the IEP process. Find out about when you must give parental consent - and when you may revoke consent.
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